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Trees in the Ocean

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The Bible says he, meaning Abraham, “staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God.” (Romans 4:20 King James Version) How often do we “stagger”? If we have faith like a mustard seed, we can say to mountains and mulberry trees, “Go!” and watch as they do what we say. Why aren’t all believers movin’ mountains and trees these days? Or are they? Are you?

We are to be about His work, our faith on display. And all it takes is one teeny tiny wave to bump us. Suddenly, our boat’s crashing into that mountain or mulberry tree, (Although I think it may be odd if it were in the middle of an ocean, I’m no expert. It could be there from someone else sayin’ “Go!” I suppose.) We can still say “Move!” at this point, although it seems silly, and we’re left repairing the damage to our vessel. Could it be possible that we could avoid some obstacles by spending time with God?

Not only are we stuck mending our boat, but we call out for God as if He’s left us. “Whaaat? Where are you? You promised You’d never leave me!” we scream, soaking wet from waves and tears. All the while, He’s the One working it out so that we don’t drown. I picture Him lovingly shaking His head, saying O ye of little faith, someday you’ll get it.

So how do we build our faith? I think we keep track of what our face, specifically our eyes and mouths, does. We watch what our mouths say when the boat shifts. We don’t go back to our old way of speaking, and we fix our eyes on our Creator as we go through our waves. Instead of looking over the side of our boat as it rocks, focusing on the waves and how many more may come, fix our eyes. We fix our eyes on what He’s done and what He’s doing, not on us, our problems, or what we’re doing. It’s all about Him and His plan. What we’re going through is not surprising to Him.

Our minds are bombarded with ideas and beliefs of this world. (“World Wide Web” ring a bell?) When’s the last time you were still, being restored by what God says about your situation. Faithful is He that calls us. We are to be like Him, more and more every single day. That means faith should rise up along with the waves as our boat travels exactly where God wants us to be.

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Mashin’ Mustard Seeds

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You don’t operate as an unbeliever. You are a believer. Just as you aren’t a car just because you’re standing in a garage, a car isn’t something else when it’s NOT in the garage. You are a believer and this means that you operate in faith. Yeah, your faith has been knocked down, drug out, kicked in the kneecaps, but it’s still there. Romans 12:3 says that we think in accordance with the measure of faith God has given us. Lemme tell ya, when God delivers you and pulls you up outta bed and off that couch, you’ve got some faith. It’s what you DO with it that constantly redefines your character and who you are in the body of Christ. You’ve got that faith that moves mountains, the faith that stomps mustard seeds and makes mustard. (I’m not sure, by the way, how to make mustard, but I imagine you have to mash the seeds.) Your faith may be lacking at times, but that doesn’t make you any less of a believer. That’s when you rely on others to pray for and with you; that’s when you read God’s promises and believe them with your life; that’s when you cast all your cares on Him regardless of how many times it takes; but that’s NOT when you lie down and give up! WE ARE NOT FINISHED.

Our thoughts have gotta be lined up with God. In order to do that, you’ve gotta keep your nose in His book and read what He’s got to say ESPECIALLY when you don’t feel like it. The enemy chips away at us one lie at a time. If he’s got that kind of patience, I think we better sure as Hades strive to work just as diligently as he is. I never thought I’d take lessons from the enemy on much, but you have to admit he’s good at what he does. Remember: We’re not of this world, we’ve been changed. You can’t change your mind in the middle and decide to be a “World-ian” or a “World-avite.” God’s changed you. You cannot quit the race before you. The devil will not win. He can’t. That’s one thing he’s NOT good at. Not when it comes to children of God.